Music winners at the Oscars

Music winners at the Oscars


norman lebrecht

April 26, 2021

Original score
Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” (pictured)
Composers: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Original song
“Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Best Sound
“Sound of Metal”


  • Greg Bottini says:

    I applaud the Oscar winners, and they all deserve their prizes.
    But the televised Oscar ceremonies were pathetic this year.
    There was no live orchestra, no live music performances, no big production number, no snarky host(-s), and no big stars other than the nominees (many of whom were absent and visited via Zoom).
    And the videos of the best song nominees were truncated, incomplete performances!
    The DJ was simply pathetic and that completely unnecessary bit about guessing whether a named song was an Oscar winner was just painful to watch.
    Two thumbs WAY down from me (for the show, not for the winners, who are wonderful).

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    The Oscar for Best Score was presented to Reznor, Ross, and Jon (Jonathon) Batiste, who delivered the acceptance speech. Batiste composed the jazz music for “Soul” and did the arrangements.

    The Oscar for Best Original Song, “Fight for You”, went to H.E.R. (born as Gabriella Wilson), D’Mile (born as Dernst Emile), and Tiara Thomas.

    The Oscar for Best Sound really has nothing to do with music; it’s about the use of all sound in a film, be it dogs barking or a traffic jam. “Sound of Metal” is about a heavy-metal drummer who loses his hearing; the soundtrack has a lot to do with dealing with the onset of deafness. Think of the award as the audio equivalent of Best Achievement in Film Editing (which “Sound of Metal” also won). A notable example is “No Country for Old Men,” which has no discernible musical score but was nominated for Oscars for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing and Best Achievement in Sound Editing (these categories were merged into Best Sound this year).